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Aged care working One Nation candidate’s nomination under review

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The electoral watchdog is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the nomination of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate in the NSW seat of Hughes.

Narelle Seymour is One Nation’s nominee for the southern Sydney seat, held by former Liberal, then independent, and now United Australia Party MP, Craig Kelly.

Organisers of a campaign forum in the seat were unable to contact her.

The One Nation website on Wednesday morning listed Seymour as an aged care worker who had lived in Wagga since 2018.

After news wire company AAP sent an email to One Nation, the webpage for the candidate disappeared, registering an error message featuring an illustration of Scott Morrison.

The seat of Hughes also disappeared from the website’s list of seats being contested by the party.

On Wednesday afternoon, Seymour’s entry on the website was updated with the earlier reference to her living in Wagga Wagga removed.

“Narelle raised her four children here in NSW before starting her career in the aged care sector,” the edited material read.

The Australian Electoral Commission said it was aware of media reports about Seymour’s nomination.

It said it had completed validation of candidate identities for all 1624 candidates formally declared on April 22.

“In light of information in the public domain regarding this particular candidate nomination we are reviewing the circumstances surrounding it,” a spokesman said.

There is no law against candidates living outside of a seat or state they are running in.

And there is nothing that requires a candidate to be active in campaigning for election.

The candidate eligibility form lodged by Seymour with the AEC contained very little information, apart from a mistyped sentence which read: “Husband was is (sic) an Australina (sic) born citizen”.

The ballot paper for Hughes also includes independent Linda Seymour, who is reportedly no relation to the One Nation candidate, but has the misfortune to be listed under the other Seymour in candidate order.

It is understood One Nation candidates in the Victorian seats of Gellibrand and Ballarat live in Queensland.


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